St. Alphege Pre-school, a ‘Pre-school for the families of Solihull Parish’, is situated in the Oliver Bird Hall, within the grounds of St. Alphege Church. Pre-school offers sessional Early Years care and education, every weekday morning in term-time, for children who are 2 and 3 years old. Our setting is inspected by OFSTED and has now received two ‘Outstanding’ inspections, the last of which was in June 2015.
Pre-school prides itself in offering a caring, stimulating and safe environment and a happy atmosphere, where children are individually valued and their needs are met. We help children to build their skills to their full potential, and give them the opportunity to rely on people outside their family and to develop confidence with other children in a wider environment.
We are lucky to have a wonderful outdoor space, our Forest School, which has been created thanks to the fundraising efforts of parents and carers over the years. It is a magical space used most days, which adds a new dimension to the children’s education and allows them to fully experience the wonder and magic of the natural world. Forest School is a learning approach which sits within and complements Pre-school’s Early Years curriculum, and is a natural extension of our indoor learning environment.
Applications for St. Alphege Pre-school are welcomed from September – January in the academic year during which a child turns two years old. Admissions to Pre-school take place in the September of the academic year during which a child turns three years old. More information is available via our website.
No. 1 Club
St. Alphege No. 1 Club, part of the St. Alphege Pre-school Group, provides before- and after-school care for St. Alphege Infant School and Nursery students within the familiar Pre-school classroom setting.
No. 1 Club operates from Monday to Friday, during term time only. A morning session is offered from 8 am, and two afternoon sessions are provided: 3.25 pm – 4.30 pm, or 3.25 pm – 6.00 pm. Children are dropped off at and/or picked up from the school or nursery doors by No.1 Club staff. We are also happy to collect children from after-school clubs which take place on school premises.
St. Alphege 2’s Group provides a gentle introduction into activities and routines for children preparing to attend Pre-school – children usually begin attending during the academic year in which they will turn 2. Children are accompanied by their parent/carer.
There is a range of activities available to the children, including painting, playdough, craft, cooking, gardening, dressing-up, role-play, jigsaws and physical play with trikes, climbing frame, soft-play, trampoline, slide, etc.
2’s Group meets in the Oliver Bird Hall each Monday morning in term-time, between 10 am and 11.30 am. The session includes a snack for the children and tea and coffee for parents and carers.
St. Alphege Little Treasures is a lovely, informal group for babies, toddlers and pre-school children accompanied by their parent/carer. There is a range of activities from the cosy baby corner to books, playdough, ride-on trikes, pushchairs, dressing-up, kitchen area, construction, cars, dolls’ house etc.
Little Treasures provides a welcome opportunity to meet other little ones and their mums, dads, childminders/nannies and grandparents – it is a real mix of people and children!
This group meets in the Oliver Bird Hall on every Wednesday afternoon during term-time, between 1 pm and 2.30 pm. The session includes a snack for the children and tea and coffee for parents and carers.
Solihull Council’s Engage Early Help team also attends Little Treasures once every half term – come along to meet them and get free advice and support on everything from children’s milestones, feeding, sleep, weaning, and speech and language, to help with domestic issues, post-natal depression, and parenting.